Monday, October 22, 2007

Lots of laptops at Circuit City this week

Circuit City offers a wide variety of laptops this week in their circular brochure found in the sunday paper and in the stores. Lots of nice deals, but not for those who are rebate-averse. Remember, MIR stands for mail-in rebate :)

Let's start with the lowest prices as always. At $470 after two mail-in rebates ($30 + $130) we have a really nice deal if you don't mind rebates. The Compaq Presario F730us is an AMD Athlon 64X2DC TK-55 laptop, with 1gb memory, 120gb disk, dvd burner, 15.4" widescreen, lightscribe, wireless and Vista. A value-packed laptop for that price!

For $100 more (after one $130 MIR) stands the Gateway M6721 with an Intel Pentium DC T2310, 1gb memory, 160gb disk, dvd burner with labelflash, 15.4" ultrabright widescreen, wireless and Vista Premium. You may want to compare this with the F730us mentioned above as they have similar specs!

Next up is a great value for lovers of 17" widescreen laptops, the Toshiba Satellite P205-S7438, for $650 after two MIR ($180 total). Its other basic specs are similar to the F730us mentioned above, except it has 160gb hard disk.
If you value the Toshiba brand and a 17" widescreen, this is for you!

Next we move into the next tier of sub-$1000 laptops with the HP Pavilion dv6646us, a Circit City exclusive models that costs $730 after a $50 MIR. What makes it a next tier more? It has NextGen N wireless, 2gb ram, AMD Turion TL-58, 160gb hard disk, dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in webcam and Vista Premium.

How about some accessories? The HP Expansion Base 3000+ is $150 after a $50 MIR, and includes a wireless keyboard and mouse combo along with integrated speakers. Model is ES234AA. Interesting?

Back to the computers, we have another HP, the Pavilion DV6654us. The price tag is $850 after a $50 MIR. Why this price? It features an Intel Centrino Duo Core 2 Duo T5250, 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, nextgen wireless, built-in webcam, dvd burner, and 15.4" widescreen. Trade-offs, trade-offs! Do you get this or spend less for a laptop with fewer features?

And now we interrupt the regular laptops for a Circuit City bundle, which they call a "City Deal". It includes Microsoft Office Home and Studnet 2007 with Firedog installation, and the centerpiece of the set, the Toshiba Satellite A215-S7444 for a total price of $890 but without any rebates. Gasp! This is claimed to be a Circuit city exclusive. The laptop itself has a 15.4" widescreen, AMD Turion TL-58, 2gb memory, 200gb disk, dvd burner with labelflash, Vista Premium, NextGen wireless and built-in webcam.

The weather is nice how about a convertible? Ooops! This is not a car blog! But we do have a convertible laptop, the HP Pavilion TX1320US for $1000 after two MIR (total $200). The 12.1" brightview touchscreen with 180 degree swiveling capability is the centerpiece and the reason for this price of this notebook. But it's no slouch, as it has an AMD Turion TL-60, 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, NextGen wireless, dvd burner with lightscribe, built-in fingerprint reader and webcam, Vista Premium and such. Good things come in small packages but at a price premium :)

The last laptop is a Sony which explains why it is $1250 after a $50 MIR. The Sony Vaio VGNFZ240EB features a 15.4" XBrite-ECO widescreen display, Intel Centrino Duo Core 2 Duo T7250, 2gb memory, 250gb hard disk, Nextgen wireless, dvd burner, built-in webcam and Vista Premium. Of interest to Sony fans I'm sure, but it's not exactly the best bang for the buck for the rest of us :)

And let's close with some more accessorizing! The Kensington slimblade presenter mouse is $30 (I didn't make up that name!), while their accompanying keyboard is $40. If you prefer to buy a set with more, you pay $100. Addition by addition :) Meanwhile a new Targus 15.4" laptop case is $30, and 1gb of Kingston PC2-5300 667hhz DDR2 is $40 (model KVR667D2S01GR). Oh boy, who comes up with these user friendly names? :)

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